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Carruthers Feb 20, 2008 05:53 PM

Hello All:

Any news on whether Nikolaou was affected by this morning's fire on Queen West? Are any other CH favourites in one of the affected buildings?


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    fortheloveoffood RE: Carruthers Feb 20, 2008 05:59 PM

    Yes, apparently it was, according to the following article:


    I am not sure if the list is exhaustive.

    Terrible :-(

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      HarryLloyd RE: fortheloveoffood Feb 21, 2008 05:44 AM

      this list includes affect not only lost.


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      pearlD RE: Carruthers Feb 20, 2008 05:59 PM

      Yes it was...there is a partial list on City TV online (channel 24)

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        embee RE: Carruthers Feb 20, 2008 06:36 PM

        Yes, it was apparently destroyed. That was the only place involved. Healthy Butcher is on the next block and Shanghai Cowgirl is across the street.

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          piccola RE: embee Feb 20, 2008 06:51 PM

          Shanghai Cowgirl lost power, but they're OK and should reopen as soon as possible (maybe even tomorrow).

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          embee RE: Carruthers Feb 21, 2008 06:31 AM

          A news report yesterday described Nikolaou as "destroyed", but they seem to be slightly west of the destruction. I suspect they had mainly smoke damage.

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            SherylKirby RE: embee Feb 21, 2008 12:15 PM

            Nikolaou survived due to a firewall between Duke's and the store in between. Likely a lot of smoke damage, and probably a lot of water damage in the basement, but from photos, it appear to be fine.

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            ShanaGirl RE: Carruthers Feb 21, 2008 07:34 AM


            Most of the damage appears to be merchandise stores, including one of my favourite shops. Very sad. I hope they will all be able to recover from this.
            Ali Baba has water damage, while Pizzaiolo has water and smoke damage.

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              badbhoy RE: ShanaGirl Feb 21, 2008 08:42 AM

              I believe Ghandi is across the street as well. They should be fine though.

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                piccola RE: ShanaGirl Feb 21, 2008 05:39 PM

                In any case, none of these places will be open for a while, at least while the fire marshal is messing around in there.

              2. drish RE: Carruthers Feb 21, 2008 02:24 PM

                Nikolaou Restaurant Equipment is my Dad's store, He says the store is fine with very minor damage. It's smoky inside and there's a foot of water in the basement.

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                  Zengarden RE: drish Feb 21, 2008 04:25 PM

                  Give your dad my best. It's a great store and there are a lot of caring fans who hope that your dad's business will be fine once they sort this all out.

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                    TheGloaming RE: Zengarden Feb 21, 2008 07:49 PM

                    What Zengarden said. I love Nikolaou, and have been shopping there for years. Hope to see it up and running again soon!

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                    chloe103 RE: drish Feb 21, 2008 09:35 PM

                    Thanks so much for letting everybody know. I'm so glad to hear that your dad's store came through relatively well. Best wishes for a speedy clean-up - the store will be missed until then!

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                      Carruthers RE: drish Feb 22, 2008 05:52 AM

                      Thanks for the info, drish. My best also to your dad and all of his neighbours.

                      Please let us know when they are ready to re-open. There are a few things that I have been meaning to get myself and this news item has reminded that there is no time like the present for visiting one of Toronto's hidden gems.

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                        chococrazy RE: drish Feb 22, 2008 08:47 AM

                        Oh.. you have NO idea how happy that makes me. Will pop in once he re-opens!

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                        SxCx RE: Carruthers Feb 21, 2008 05:24 PM

                        The thought of a torched Gandhi had me twitching with fear.

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                          SMOG RE: SxCx Feb 21, 2008 07:12 PM

                          That would definitely be a very, very sad thing!

                          Speaking of Gandhi, anyone know if it's open on the weekend for lunch?

                        2. drish RE: Carruthers Feb 26, 2008 06:29 PM

                          The store will open tomorow (the 27th)

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